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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Brows frame the eyes. Big brows really frame them! And for some of us, more is more and bigger is better. This tutorial is for you and you alone! So please don’t hate on it if it’s not your cup of tea, because it might be someone else’s and there is no shaming on TBD! Makeup is an expression and all of us express ourselves differently so let’s respect and support each other! With that said, here’s how to pull off big beautiful brows:

TOOLS:

  • A Flat & Wide-Tipped Brow Pencil: I used Dolce & Gabbana The Brow Liner because it’s has an amazing flat and wide tip, and spooly brush on the other end.
  • A Fine-Pointed Brow Pencil: By now you know my favorite all-time fine-point brow pencil is MAC Eye Brows in Lingering.
  • A Highlighter: Try Benefit High Brow for the perfect matte highlight.

STEPS:

  1. With the flat-headed pencil, draw a line on the base of the brow from the inside corner to the bottom of the arch.
  2. With the same pencil, draw a parallel line across the top of the brow as demonstrated above.
  3. Switch to the fine-pointed pencil and draw the “wing” part of the brow.
  4. With the same pencil, go back and fill in the brow by drawing individual hairs using upward strokes.
  5. Highlight underneath the brow with the matte highlighting pencil by starting at the inside corner and tracing all the way to the end.
  6. Blend the highlighter by smudging it with your finger.

 

SUMMER MAKEUP INSPIRATION

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Summer is here but our tans may not be yet (or if you’re like me, you fake it all summer long while loading up the SPF). So here’s a perfect makeup look for summer… bronzed cheeks, gilded lids, a lined eye and a pink lip. Simple and gorgeous. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. First apply the tinted moisturizer all over your face and neck with the egg sponge.
  2. Next bronze the hollow of your cheeks, your temples and the two sides of your forehead with the cream bronzer using a blush brush, foundation brush or a sponge.
  3. Don’t forget to bronze your jawline and neck as well so it all matches.
  4. Smile and apply blush to the top portion of the apples of your cheeks with a blush brush.
  5. Blend everything together with the egg sponge.
  6. Apply the pink lipstick all over the lip area.
  7. Swipe your finger across the gold glitter shadow and press it all over the lid and crease.
  8. Load it up again and sweep it across the lower lashline.
  9. Line the upper lashline with the kohl pencil.
  10. Rim the inner waterline with the kohl pencil.
  11. Finish with a couple coats of mascara.

 

DIY BROW MOUSSE

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Brow mousse is often overlooked, which is a shame because it’s perfect for those who want to darken their brows and bring more attention to them without looking like their brows are “done” or “drawn on”. One of my favorite client’s number one request when I first worked on her years ago was to make her brows bigger without anyone knowing I’d touched them. I’d never had that kind of request before but it opened my eyes to a different aesthetic and got me determined to find a way to define and accentuate the brow without an angled brow brush or pencil. That’s when I discovered brow mousse and learned how to make my own. Here’s how you can too:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Bend the bristle end of the wand 45 degrees. This is optional but it definitely makes it more effective.
  2. Hold the bristle end under running water then give it a tap against the edge of the sink to release any excess water.
  3. Sweep the now-wet bristles back and forth over the brow shadow.
  4. Start at the base of the brow and brush upwards.
  5. Continue brushing by pulling the bristles through the hairs in an upward motion.
  6. Dip the bristles back in the shadow if you need more then finish by brushing in the outward/downward motion of the wing.

If you don’t want to make your own, my favorite waterproof brow mousse is MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow because the shades are amazing and it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for summer’s steamiest days. Apply it with a disposable mascara wand or spooly brush as demonstrated on Alyssa above.

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I never really appreciated toner for some reason. I thought it was something companies made to get us to buy more but wasn’t really necessary. And I still feel that way about some of them, but apple cider vinegar does something in a way that lotions and face washes don’t. It tightens pores, helps clear up acne and fights future breakouts. It’s anti-bacterial and an antiseptic and helps to re-balance your skin’s pH level after it’s been disrupted from washing it. I have yet to find a toner out there that can duplicate its properties. Here’s all you need to know:

TOOLS:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar– Look for an organic version (with Mother in it if you can as it’s full of enzymes).
  • Distilled/Filtered Water
  • Container — preferably a glass bottle
  • Chopstick or Spoon
  • Cotton Ball/Pad/Square

STEPS:

**Optional: If you are the very thorough type, you can first sterilize the glass bottle by boiling it in water.

  1. Fill half of the bottle with water. Again, if you’re the thorough type, you can certainly measure both the water and the apple cider vinegar. I prefer to eye it! Then shake the bottle of vinegar and pour it into the remaining half of the bottle.
  2. Give it a good stir.
  3. Place a cotton pad on top of the opening and turn it upside down to load it up.
  4. After you wash your face, sweep the cotton pad all over it (chest and back too if needed).

**If you have sensitive skin, instead of equal parts, try one part vinegar to 6 parts water to dilute it more. You can keep it that strength or eventually work up to 1:1. Some people can handle the vinegar undiluted, straight from the bottle!